The Restoration Show Sale 2014

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1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda

Lot No.: 131

Registration: DBH40B
Chassis Number: 11304220005696
Engine Number: 12798120005142
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2306
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Estimate (£): 38,000 - 42,000
Sold for (£): 46,920

The second generation SL began with the 230 of 1963. Designed by Paul Bracq, its wonderfully crisp styling clothed a monocoque chassis equipped with all-round independent suspension, power assisted disc/drum brakes, recirculating ball steering and a 2306cc straight-six engine of 150bhp and 145 lb ft of torque mated to either four-speed manual or automatic transmission. Of the 48,912 W113 Series cars made between 1963 and 1971, 19,831 were 230SLs.

This charming early pagoda is finished in Royal Blue with cream leather interior. Supplied with its original hardtop and desirable manual gearbox, this example is presented in very good order. The current owner commissioned a bare metal respray 2 years ago which was completed to a very fine standard. The paint retains an excellent shine and the chrome work is also in superb order. Complete with a new hood and recent service, including injection system overhaul, the car will be supplied with a full year's MoT for its next owner.

The current owner has maintained this car as part of a large private collection and it has been kept in a temperature controlled environment. Quality Pagodas are becoming increasingly hard to find, however, this original right-hand drive example offers superb value for money at a most realistic estimate.